Meet Bruiser! Don’t let his name fool you. This boy is a sweetheart and a very gentle Giant!
Bruiser is a 7 month old Lab/ Great Pyrenees mix. Although he is still very much a puppy, he is on track to be a pretty big boy! Bruiser is currently about 60 pounds (and still has some growing to do).
Bruiser was part of an “oops” litter. His Mom is a beloved pet, and we are fairly certain which handsome stranger is his dad. The litter was accepted into foster care when they were weaned from mom, and he was allowed a lot of time to socialize with his siblings.
He recently made his way to his foster family in New England, which includes 3 resident dogs and 2 kids. He’s been making BIG strides acclimating to family life.
At 7 months old, Bruiser gives you all the benefits of adopting a puppy without some of the challenges. He’s lost some of the manic puppy energy, but he is still ready and eager to romp and play with you. He already sleeps through the night in his crate, and is making fast progress with his housebreaking.
Bruiser loves people, including kids, and very much wants to have them around him. Whether out doing errands with his foster family or hanging out in the house, Bruiser hasn’t met a stranger he doesn’t love. In fact, sometimes he gets quite excited when he meets people, when he first comes out of his crate, or when someone comes home. He’s continuing to work on properly greeting people while dialing back a bit of his exuberance!
Once settled Bruiser will nap in his crate, cuddle on the couch or lay at your feet. He loves pats, belly rubs and any attention you can give him. As he’s still a puppy, he is still learning some things about being in a house like what he can and can’t chew and how to go up and down stairs. He’s also working on his basic training and is proving to be fast learner, eager and willing to please!
Bruiser does well with other dogs, and after patient introductions is successfully integrating with the 3 dogs in his foster home. He even met a cat! While a bit confused as to what the cat was and why it was in the house, Bruiser was respectful of the cat’s space and made no attempt to chase.
Bruiser absolutely loves to go on walks and hikes with his foster family. He’s a sniffer and explorer and seems to prefer a leisurely pace. He would love a person or family who can continue to take him on regular walks.
Bruiser has already been neutered, and he tested negative for heartworms! He should be kept on heartworm preventative (as should all dogs) to keep him healthy for his whole life. His brothers and sisters who have found homes have all blended into various types of families very well!
Interested in applying for this dog? Here is our application:
Name: Bruiser Nic
Breed: Great Pyrenees/Labrador Retriever mix
Age: 7 months as of 2/21/2022
Weight: @60 pounds
Vaccinations: Up to date
Housetrained: Getting there!
Puppy Adoption Fee: $550.00 (includes spay/neuter surgery rebate of up to $200.00 to be paid to adopter when proof of spay/neuter is provided to Paws New England. We can provide a list of low costs SN clinics to adopters when requested.
ATTENTION PUPPY ADOPTERS: You will be required to attend training/behavior classes with your new dog unless you are experienced dog owners and your adoption coordinator is comfortable with your experience. This requirement is for the benefit of you and your puppy so if you experience behavior issues you have a point of contact.
PLEASE - Think long and hard before adopting a puppy - consider the lifestyle change this puppy will come with - he cannot be crated for more than 3-4 hours at a time until he’s older, puppy proofing your home will be necessary, puppies scratch and nip so if you have small children, can they handle this?? Training will be so important in this puppy’s life, do you have the time??
Please review this checklist for socializing puppies - do you have the time - ask yourself before adopting.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION -
Paws New England is a foster-based rescue - our dogs reside in various locations throughout the south and New England.
Adoption donations cover pre-adoption vet costs (including vaccinations, spay/neuter when age appropriate, and heartworm testing/treatment when necessary), a microchip, and transportation to New England if necessary.
Donations for our young, healthy puppies and dogs support their fellow canines of advanced age or suffering from injuries and abuse whose donations are reduced but whose veterinary costs are typically much higher. We appreciate your understanding that your newly adopted dog will help others in need.